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Amalaki – A Good Way To Be Healthy

by Michael on January 29, 2009

What is amalaki?

Until a couple of weeks ago, I don’t remember ever hearing that ‘name’. As it turns out, amalaki is a fruit that grows near the base of the Himalayan mountain range in a place that has some of the cleanest air, water and soil on the planet.

This fruit is an integral ingredient in many Ayurvedic formulations and herbs and has been for thousands of years.

In my book, Healthy Wealthy Boomer, (and in my blogs) I define health as an integrated matrix of balanced physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components with the caveat that the core of true wealth is also rooted in excellent health. Without an integrated system balance, how is financial health or physical well being sustainable?

Over many years, these truths emerged in my awareness of health and wellness by observing people, methods and systems coupled with lots of personal trial and error. Eventually, experience and study led me to my own conclusions.

This week, it was a shock to realize that my ideas were not original.

Instead, these principles were discovered by my predecessors beginning as far back as 50 centuries ago in the Ayurvedic tradition. It’s funny how the ego expands itself to a position of grandeur given the opportunity. Setting aside that realization, it is more clear to me now – than ever before – that my mission and purpose in life is to bring this understanding to as many people as possible, regardless who figured it out and when.

In 1973, I decided that I would be a doctor because both helping people and leading people to health was a growing passion as a 20 year old. After two years in the pre-med program as a ‘b student’ biology major, disillusion set in fully.

Here’s why:

Over the course of two years, I had observed my co-workers (aka fellow students) and the system in which we were immersed. It became obvious that there were fundamental irreconcilable differences – in core philosophical and spiritual values – between my belief system and the belief system that was being systematically stuffed into my head.

It also became clear that if I sustained the level of misalignment through sheer will power and determination, something inside would eventually break. Another awareness was that my cohorts in study were no fun. There were no interesting spontaneous and spirited conversations – no smiles or laughter. I began to envision what kind of a person I would become if I perpetuated that lifestyle and relentless use of unbalanced mental expression.

So I finished the second year and collapsed after my last physics final on a Friday afternoon – not waking up until Monday morning. That collapse may have been exacerbated by the 14 day Macrobiotic brown rice fast I had just completed.

Aside from the fast, I had had enough and quit the pre-med program.

Without Knowing It, I Had Been Studying the Wrong Discipline

Apparently what I wanted to learn did not exist in Western medicine or in Western medical schools at the time. I had actually been considering a graduate studies program in the field of ‘Psycho-Physics’ – which was not even an option at the time – something around wanting to know what happens in human consciousness during different states of awareness.

But the undergraduate experience had been so unpleasant, I left the sciences at that point completely.

What My Professor Tole Me Privately…

Subsequently, I had a conversation with the head of the science department who I liked very much. (I got an overall 96 in his genetics class.) He told me – off the record – that the particular group of students I was in during those two years was an unusually high caliber group and unusually large as well.

As result, the competition had been particularly tough. I remember, for example, getting a 91 on an a Biology exam and getting a B-, on the curve.

The head of the department had been instructed to structure the curriculum to eliminate 2/3 of all the students in the pre-med program in that school during that two year time period. This policy stemmed from the fact that there were simply not enough openings available to accommodate that many students within the framework of the California University medical system.

Ayurvedic Medicine

Had I known it existed, it would have been much simpler for me to go to India and study Ayurvedic medicine. Instead I took a long 30+ year round about path to learn what I had been seeking in the first place. Even if I had to learn Bengali, Hindi and Sanskrit to complete my studies, in retrospect it would have been more rewarding, interesting and easier than the two year process I had experienced. And knowing me now – 35 years later – I really would have been an awesome healer.

So, back to amalaki.

In the article "Amalaki", in the June 2008 issue of Success from Home Magazine, Beth Silcox says:

"Amalaki is known as ‘the great rejuvenator’ and ‘the nurse’ and ‘the fruit of immortality’ by people in India."

and further…

"…amalaki is wild-crafted, grown and harvested with great care from small, private plots."

And this has been going on for centuries.

Western medicine and science are starting to catch on as more and more people are moving away from traditional medicine. This is happening in a big way because it is efficacious.

It has always bothered me that anything not within the framework of western allopathic medicine is called "alternative medicine". It seems to me that there are a lot more people (500 million) that regard Ayurvedic medicine as traditional medicine and western medicine as the alternative. And what about Chinese medicine?

My point is that the western medicine is waking up. They have to or they will lose a lot more customers. People don’t really care what branch of government puts their seal of approval on something if it doesn’t work. People just want to get well when they’re sick. If I can drink a specific herb tea to get rid of a stomach ache – and it works – it’s a done deal and – to me – in the grand scheme of things, that result is part of the Divine plan.

Scientific Results of Amalaki

As science studies amalaki they are finding out why amalaki is such an amazing fruit.

Beth Silcox writes:

"Unlike some superfruits known today, amalaki’s chemical profile is not limited to a single superior ingredient or compound like vitamin C. Rather, amalaki possesses an unparalleled spectrum of antioxidants, polyphenols, tannic acids and bioflavinoids as well as high concentrations of amino acids, trace minerals, and other beneficial phytonutrients."

Western Technology and Ancient Eastern Wisdom Are Coming Together

It started way back when with books like "The Tao of Physics." Metaphysics and astral physics have been getting closer and closer for years. But now within the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology and endocrinology a similar process is taking place as technology continues to improve.

Western technology and eastern wisdom are gradually merging – and what a powerful combination. This is starting to result in magnificent accomplishments by applying new technologies to old knowledge.

A really good example of this is a product – and a company – called Zrii, which includes amalaki as a core ingredient. The people behind the creation of this product are stellar and the use of technology is done in such a way as to honor Ayurvedic traditions.

It has received the first ever endorsement from The Chopra Center for Wellbeing and is headed up by a highly decorated business veteran, Bill Farley.






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